Life Cycle Management

LCM is a business management approach that can be used by all types of business (and other organizations) in order to improve their sustainability performance. A method that can be used equally by both large and small firms, its purpose is to ensure more sustainable value chain management. LCM can be used to target, organize, analyze and manage product-related information and activities (Remmen et al,. 2007) towards continuous improvement along the product life cycle.


Life Cycle Management LCM is about making life cycle thinking and product sustainability operational for businesses that are aiming for continuous improvement. These are businesses that are striving towards reducing their footprints and minimizing their environmental and socio-economic burdens while maximizing economic and social values.

Life Cycle Management is connecting various operational concepts and tools.


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The Life Cycle Management Navigator is a capacity building guide and decision support tool specifically designed for corporate decision-makers in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. It aims to assist them to manage the growing demand and expectations in the field of Life Cycle Management. Using the Navigator helps to gain an understanding of the appropriate selection, adoption and usage of today’s most important Life Cycle Management tools.


Relevant news and content for life cycle management

Feedback from Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management (GCV2018)

June 17–20, 2018 • Brasilia, Brazil: The 6th edition of the Brazilian Conference on Life Cycle Management was held from June 17 to 20, 2018, in Brasília, organized by the Brazilian Institute of Science and Technology Information (IBICT) and the Brazilian Life Cycle Association (ABCV), with cooperation from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)….

LCA Success Story: City of Bogotá, Colombia

More sustainable industry, healthier urban environment As a strategy to develop a healthier environment in the city, the environmental authority of Bogota supported a cluster of companies, which benefited from a UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative’s programme to learn and implement life cycle thinking. The benefits of implementing this approach were significant, enabling the...

LCA Success Story: Finca Mountain Villa Rica

Better coffee, in every way Aware of the interest of working on its environmental impact both for the planet and to improve business performance, Finca Mountain Villa Rica, a coffee SME, benefited from a UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative’s programme, designed to help SMEs implement a life cycle approach. The company improved its products’...

LCA Success Story: India Glycols Ltd. believes in green

“We believe in green” Supported by a strong strategic vision for sustainability, India Glycols Limited relies on green, innovative technologies to differentiate from competitors and foster exports. An enhanced life cycle approach, developed with the support of the UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, plays an essential part in this strategy to keep ahead of...

LCA Success Story: EDIGRÁFICA reduces waste and costs

Edigráfica: Reducing waste and costs Eco-labels and certifications have become non-negotiable requirements for the printing industry. EDIGRÁFICA, a Brazilian graphic arts company, which got certified with ISO 14 000, decided to implement a life-cycle approach, with the support of the UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. The company significantly reduced its paper waste and related...

Case Study: Freudenberg South Africa uses Life Cycle Thinking to adapt to new markets

Freudenberg South Africa: using Life Cycle Thinking to adapt to new markets As their regular textile and industrial market had shrunk in the region, Freudenberg South Africa had to shift to more dynamic textile markets. With the support of the UNEP / SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, they took this change as an opportunity to improve...

Life Cycle Management training material published

Life Cycle Management-Capability Maturity Model (LCM-CMM) training material The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative is delighted to announce the launch of the Life Cycle Management-Capability Maturity Model (LCM-CMM) training material. The aim of the LCM-CMM is to focus on capability development and implementation to fully operationalize and mainstream Life Cycle Assessment in product development, marketing, and...